TMR Game – Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of the Too Much Racing Game!

I really enjoyed both the IndyCar and MotoGP races at the weekend, I hope to write a couple of paragraphs tomorrow but we’ll see what time there is. I didn’t catch the Le Mans Series or the NASCAR Cup, I hope some of you were able to follow along.

This is a special week for the TMR Game – it is one of the busiest in terms of number of events in a single weekend. There are five eligible events this week, this is only topped by the weekend of 22-23 August with six. There are all manner of ways to play this week – do we split ourselves across as many series as possible and try and pick lots of winners, or do we concentrate on the top runners in just a couple of series and hope they have a good week? You can bet this week is going to create some differences in the scoring.

You’ll be pleased to hear we have two quiet weeks after this with only two races per week.

Quick-Start

Racing this week:
F1:  Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai, China;
IndyCar: GP of Long Beach, California, USA;
ALMS:  Long Beach, California, USA;
NASCAR:  Texas Motor Speedway, Ft Worth, Texas, USA;
WRC:  Rally of Turkey

Usual restrictions apply, pick up to 10 drivers, no more than 7 from one race… though this week this may not be a problem!

The cutoff is Saturday 17th April at 4.59am BST (British Summer Time = GMT+1), that’s 11.59pm Friday night US EDT. I am aware the first day of the rally is Friday. I’m willing to sacrifice that in order to maintain a consistent closing point – henceforth I will only change this time when the first day is Thursday.

For the full results from Week 11, read on.

How To Enter

1. Reply to this post.

2. List up to 10 drivers, with no more than 7 from a single event.

3. Send your entry before the stated deadline, usually some time on a Friday. You can make as many changes as you like until the closing point, I’ll take your last entry.

Most weeks feature 2 or 3 races, some weeks may have more than that and some may only have one. There’s not a rule stating you have to choose a driver in each race, any combination of up to 10 drivers is accepted.

Further information can be found on the  game sub-page which will be updated later in the week.

Results – Week 11

Top Tens


Week 11 NASCAR IndyCar LMS

Points Phoenix Barber Motorsports La Castellet
1 50 Ryan Newman Helio Castroneves Capello/McNish
2 40 Jeff Gordon Scott Dixon Fernandez/Primat/Mucke
3 35 Jimmie Johnson Dario Franchitti Belicchi/Boullion/Smith
4 32 Mark Martin Will Power Panis/Lapierre/Sarrazin
5 30 Juan Pablo Montoya Marco Andretti Ayari/Andre/Duval
6 28 Matt Kenseth Ryan Briscoe Ragues/Mailleux/Ickx
7 26 Carl Edwards Justin Wilson Leventis/Watts/Kane
8 24 Kyle Busch Tony Kanaan Hein/Moreau
9 22 Clint Bowyer Mike Conway Erdos/Newton/Wallace
10 20 Joey Logano Alex Tagliani Lahaye/Nicolet

Ryan Newman took the NASCAR win, with three Hendrick cars finishing 2-3-4. Nice to see Montoya get a good result in what seems to be a hit-and-miss season.

In a good IndyCar race it was a case of  ‘another week, another Penske win’ but this time it was Helio Castroneves rather than Will Power, who was 4th. Of course if I tip them now, another team will win this week! Very good to see Marco Andretti have a good run, though it was spoiled a little by running out of fuel and having to top up at the end.

Allan McNish and Dindo Capello won the 8-hour LMS race, though Tom Kristensen didn’t score as he withdrew on Friday with an injury. The Panis/Lapierre/Sarrazin ORECA Peugeot was delayed early on and lost 9 laps to the Audi which it never recovered, though it did pick off most of the other runners to finish 4th. This left AMR and Rebellion to complete the podium.

Points Awarded – *revised*

Player NASCAR IRL LMS Week 11
Sebastian 35 95 236 366
Jon Waldock 71 85 164 320
Burwellian 71 93 146 310
Pat W 80 100 122 302
James 73 95 132 300
The Speedgeek 53 95 146 294
Startledbunny 122 114 48 284
Sean 69 93 122 284
RG 122 61 82 265
Jackie 50 69 48 167
Dank 156 0 0 156

Well done Sebastian for taking a commanding win this week! The strategy to go heavy on LMS shared drives was clearly the way to go as he picked up a whopping 236 points from that race alone, with the 2 Audi and 3 Peugeot drivers as well as Primat in the runner-up car.

Jon, Burwellian and James (edit – and myself) also picked up scores of 300 or more. EDIT – it should be noted the original post originally scored Sean at 252 and myself at 285.

Jackie’s gamble on the three Mansells didn’t pay off as they only came home 14th and picked up 16 points each. Dank hasn’t entered for some time but his 7 NASCAR rollover picks had a good week.

Week 11: Overall Standings – *revised*

Pos Pre +/- Name Prior Wk 11 Total
1 2 1 Sebastian 2164 366 2530
2 1 -1 The Speedgeek 2166 294 2460
3 3 0 Pat W 2104 302 2406
4 4 0 RG 2086 265 2351
5 5 0 Sean 2047 284 2331
6 6 0 Jon Waldock 1990 320 2310
7 7 0 Burwellian 1950 310 2260
8 8 0 James 1912 300 2212
9 9 0 Startledbunny 1621 284 1905
10 10 0 Dank 1000 156 1156
11 11 0 Jackie 921 167 1088

Sebastian takes the lead! He’s now 70 points ahead of The Speedgeek. The rest of us are falling a little further back but the midfield battle is very close indeed. <del>Jon has overtaken Sean for 5th</del> while Burwellian and James have made up some ground on the pack. EDIT – Following the correction there are no further changes in position.

Week 12

This weekend we have F1 in China, IndyCar and ALMS at Long Beach, NASCAR at Texas, and WRC Turkey.

F1 – I’m not expecting a great race here to be honest, Shanghai isn’t a great track for racing but the long-term forecast is for rain so who knows what it might throw up?

IndyCar – The annual Long Beach classic can be quite fun, apart from when it isn’t! Like any street race, you can’t really predict who’ll get caught up in incidents or bang the wall, though you can probably expect fast Penske cars. So far this year though the rest of the order has been very competitive. Check indycar.com if you’re not familiar with the faces, that driver page is in championship order.

ALMS – Much the same as in IndyCar, the Long Beach race will be a case of avoiding the walls and other people’s incidents, except the prototypes will have GT cars to avoid, and vice versa. That said, it is a fairly short race by ALMS standards. You can access the entry list here. You’ll probably only need to pick from the LMP list unless you think there will be a lot of incidents.

NASCAR – Texas is a fast superspeedway. To be honest by this stage of the season I’ve given up watching this series so I don’t really know what their races are like on these tracks, I do know the IndyCar races here can be both scary and fun at the same time, but Cup cars aren’t as fast. Here is the current championship order, or see the finishing top ten above for a general guide, but being NASCAR any of 15-20 cars can score decent points.

WRC – Rally Turkey is a gravel event. I think it is quite hot. Erm, that’s about all I know. You can find the entry list here and the current points standings here.

I think that’s everything, any questions just ask in the comments, and good luck!

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14 thoughts on “TMR Game – Week 12

  1. Jon has left his entry with me as he’ll be away until Sunday:

    Sebastian Vettel (F1)
    Fernando Alonso (F1)
    Felipe Massa (F1)
    Lewis Hamilton (F1)
    Jenson Button (F1)

    Sebastien Loeb (WRC)
    Mikko Hirvonen (WRC)

    Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)

    Will Power (IRL)
    “an English IRL guy” – I will pick Justin Wilson as he was the top-placed English driver in the last IndyCar race.

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  2. Gosh, did well. My luck held again (sorry). With the argy-bargy between the Audi and the Peugeot on lap one, I could have seen five of my drivers wiped out.

    ALMS:

    David Brabham
    Adrian Fernandez
    Harold Primat

    IRL:

    Will Power
    Dario Franchitti
    Ryan Briscoe

    WRC:

    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen

    Formula One:

    Sebastien Vettel
    Fernando Alonso

    With five events I will be interested to see if this means we pick lots of different drivers or all end up picking much the same drivers.

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  3. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Lewis Hamilton
    Robert Kubica

    WRC
    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen
    Sebastien Ogier

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Juan Pablo Montoya

    INDYCAR
    Dario Franchitti

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  4. A quick comment regarding making the scoresheets available. I promised I’d update Google Docs with it but I have not been doing this, partly because it is effort and partly because it doesn’t accept one of my two scoring files.

    To solve this I have created a drop.io account – you can view this week’s files there in .xls format:

    http://drop.io/toomuchracing

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  5. F1
    Sebastian Vettel
    Fernando Alonso
    Robert Kubica
    Lewis Hamilton

    WRC
    Sebastian Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen

    Nascar
    Greg Biffle
    Jimmie Johnson

    IRL
    Will Power
    Scott Dixon

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  6. I don’t see why that would be a problem. People refer to “NASCAR Sprint Cup” as NASCAR all the time (as you did) or the “Rolex Sports Car Series” as Grand-Am even though Grand-Am also has the Grand-Am Cup division, etc…

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  7. WRC:

    Sébastien Loeb

    F1:

    Fernando Alonso
    Sebastian Vettel

    IndyCar:

    Will Power
    Justin Wilson
    Dario Franchitti

    ALMS:

    Simon Pagenaud
    David Brabham

    Cup:

    Kurt Busch
    Matt Kenseth

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  8. Nearly forgot

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth
    Jeff Burton

    F1
    Lewis Hamilton
    Nico Rosberg

    WRC
    Seb Ogier
    Seb Loeb

    IndyCar
    Will Power
    Ryan Briscoe

    ALMS
    David Brabham

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  9. I’m going to take two from each.

    F1:
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton

    IndyCar:
    Will Power
    Ryan Briscoe

    ALMS:
    David Brabham
    Harold Primat

    NASCAR Cup:
    Jimmie Johnson
    Kevin Harvick

    WRC:
    Sebastien Loeb
    Mikko Hirvonen

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  10. Thanks for the reminder Pat; appreciated! I have this subscribed on RSS, but bogged down somewhat with canvassing for the General Election, hence my late entry in the past couple of weeks.

    Anyway, my team this week…

    WRC:
    Seb Ogier
    Dani Sordo
    Mikko Hirvonen

    ALMS
    Harold Primat
    Adrian Fernandez (I actually can’t get the entry list to open, so going on the names on the timing screens from the practice session)

    NASCAR
    Jimmie Johnson
    Matt Kenseth

    F1
    Jenson Button
    Lewis Hamilton

    IndyCar
    Will Power

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